Community LomoAmigo Stephenjameskerr Occupies the LomoKino

To be able to write and take photographs are definitely skills one should be proud of - and our LomoKino Amigo does both while at the same time incorporates filmmaking through the LomoKino. Come and read his story and LomoKino adventures!

Credits: stephenjameskerr

Full Name: Stephen James Kerr
Lomography Username: stephenjameskerr
Location: Toronto, Canada

Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?

I’m a writer and photographer. I write non-fiction, primarily about politics, and am currently writing a history of democracy. My photographic interests centre around reportage and human conflict, between people, and between people and the environment. I also do nature photography.

How long have you been a Lomographer and how did you find out about the Community?

I’m relatively new to “Lomography” per se, but I used to shoot film before abandoning it for digital photography. This year however I decided to invest in a Rolleiflex medium format camera, and just fell back in love with film. Around the same time, I was cycling along Queen St. West in Toronto and noticed the Lomography shop. Things just kind of fell into place after that and I discovered the LomoKino. I think of Lomography as “slow photography” sort of like the Slow Food Movement, which started in Italy as a reaction to fast food. Shooting film forces you to slow down and be very intentional about making pictures.

Describe the LomoKino in five words.

Retro. Slow. Whimsical. Rhythmic. Deliberate.

How did you like shooting with the LomoKino?

It’s a lot of fun to play with. The viewfinder is a “must use.” Because I do my shooting in public places, the LomoKino attracts a lot of attention and questions, smiles and befuddled looks. I’m sort of “old school” when it comes to stable shots, so I attach it either to a monopod or a gunstock… that attracts even more stares. “Who’s that guy with the old camera mounted on a rifle butt?” Shooting with it is a whole lot of fun because it draws people in to ask questions. Digital cameras don’t do that.

What or who has inspired you to purchase and use the LomoKino?

I guess I was seduced by the idea of shooting motion film, which I’d never done. It’s a new device to add to my digital filmmaking practice, which I’ve not abandoned. The LomoKino is great because it has created a whole new genre of short filmmaking.

Any funny or strange encounters you’ve had with it?

Well, I’ve only really used it once, at a demonstration where I shot “Occupy the LomoKino” using three rolls of film from the Lomography shop. Everybody was curious about it and asked a lot of questions. At one point I had two digital filmmakers pointing cameras in my direction as I turned the crank on the LomoKino. And then I showed the camera to my sister. It confirmed her opinion that I’m just odd.

Occupy the LomoKino

If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your LomoKino, who would it be and why?

I’m a closet classicist, so I’d say maybe the funeral speech of Pericles from the war between Athens and Sparta. Why? Because classical Athens fascinates me. And because I’m just odd.

Kindly share to us any LomoKino movie you love the most.

I love “Makeout Ready”! It focuses precisely on its subject, and it shows me something I’ve never seen before. Totally fun and unself-conscious.

Any future plans with your LomoKino? More shoots or a full-length film perhaps?

I’m in Ireland right now visiting family for a month. We’re doing some traveling and I have designs on shooting some LomoKino sequences at one of Ireland’s many ancient pagan sites, possibly Loughcrew or Newgrange. I discovered some almost as ancient AGFA 35mm colour film that expired in 2003, and I’m saving it for that shoot. How will it turn out? Nothing like a surprise!

Your advice to future LomoKino users.

Sure. Use a handle to help get a stable shot. Get close to your subject and keep the long horizontal shape of the LomoKino film frame in mind. And then just go out and have fun.

Enter a new analogue dimension with the LomoKino. Lomography’s own 35mm analogue movie camera allows you to capture action and immortalize your story on film! Shoot 144 frames on any 35mm film and create your own cinematic masterpieces. Want to watch your movie the old-school way? We also offer the LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package!

written by mayeemayee on 2012-01-13 in #people #lomoamigos #lomokino #stephenjameskerr #community #camera-reviews #movies #lomokino-lomoamigo

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